Florida’s got Florida Man, but when it comes to deep-fried crazy, the Lone Star state stands alone. Everything is bigger in Texas, especially the dysfunction.
The derelict power grid? The open carry gun laws? The obliteration of women’s reproductive freedoms?
I’m talking about Jesus Cheaters.
How do you like your hypocrisy? Slow smoked over a pit or split on a biscuit with sausage gravy?
Simcha and Damien Fisher, who broke this story, report that Jim Graham, executive director of Texas Right to Life — the super special people who gave us abortion bounty hunters at prolifewhistleblower.com (which was then famously hacked) — has been having an affair with Kari Beckman, a buxom lady who loves the Lord.
A whisteblower ratted them out, Kari confessed and people are cleaning up their websites. In that Jesus-forgives-you kinda way:
Beckman, who founded the homeschool hybrid Regina Caeli Academy in 2003, sent a letter to the members of Regina Caeli at the end of last week acknowledging “a terrible lapse in judgment with a personal relationship.” Multiple sources confirmed the relationship was with Jim Graham. Beckman and Graham are both married. Beckman said she immediately sought forgiveness through the sacrament of confession, and then, months later, confessed to her husband. She said that she and her husband then both went to the board of Regina Caeli and told them “what had occurred,” and then stepped down as Executive Director.
Shortly before she stepped down, the Board of Directors received an anonymous letter alleging Beckman had carried on an illicit sexual relationship with Graham. Graham was also, until recently, on the Board of Regina Caeli, but his name has recently been removed from that site, along with Kari Beckman’s name.
But the alleged financial malfeasance goes deeper than that. The letter-writer alleged, “Mrs. Beckman uses Regina Caeli as her personal bank account” and that Beckman hand-selected the board to do her bidding, and deliberately hid her financial activities from the families who supplied the money she allegedly spent. Regina Caeli’s most recent tax forms list their total assets in 2018 at $4.2 million, with $3.4 million in liabilities.
But the important thing to know is that Kari is really…. sorry? transparent? locked in a convent flagellating herself?
No, CN. This has been very, very hard on her.
She said in her letter to RCA members that keeping the secret of her relationship “left me feeling despondent and it began to take a physical toll on my mind and my body.”
Somewhere in Texas, I imagine some board members are probably wondering where $3 million went, but hey, Kari had icky stress feelings. And probably split ends.
She said, “I have been in therapy and have been receiving daily spiritual direction in order to get strong enough to face my shame. My therapist has diagnosed me with Complex PTSD due to the circumstances which led to my fall.”
No word about your husband there, Kari. How’s his shame spiral doing?
She said, “I do not expect your forgiveness nor do I expect your understanding. I am struggling to forgive myself and to make sense of what I did. I am sorry this did not come sooner, but honestly, I was not in an emotional place to make good decisions.”
Oh, well, as long as you forgive yourself, I’m sure the parishioners and Graham’s wife are cool. And the IRS. They’re famously understanding.
And all the women in Texas who now lack access to reproductive freedoms, thanks to the zealotry of people like you. There isn’t enough “spiritual direction” for your shame. There’s no shame.